Fifth Sunday in Lent

The God Who Weeps – Gospel in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

The God Who Weeps – Gospel in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

He knows what he is about to do. He knows that he is about to raise Lazarus from the dead in an act of power that is greater than anything they could possibly fathom, but he doesn’t say this to them. He doesn’t comfort them with hope that in just a few minutes Lazarus will be back with them. No, he weeps because they are weeping. I love this because it shows that even when salvation and redemption are just around the corner, the pain we feel now is nonetheless real and God cares about it. He feels it alongside us, because He loves us.

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A Plea for Life in the Face of Death – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

A Plea for Life in the Face of Death – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Soon we will focus our attention on the Cross of Christ. On Good Friday we will go with him to Golgotha and watch, weep and pray. And we will give thanks. Today we are called by our reading to go with him to Gethsemane, the place where his yes embraced the Cross. Should we not watch and weep and pray here as well? And should we not give thanks? After all it is here that his “yes” to death guaranteed our “yes” to life. “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”(II Corinthians 9:15)

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